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In a Land Before Dev Tools

A long, long time ago in a land before dev tools, there lived all of its predecessors. These ancestors were more basic and didn't offer the wealth of tools we e…

Custom Property Coverup

The other day I was discussing CSS custom properties with Jeremy when I noticed something. When using custom properties, some (but not all) of the custom proper…

Pandemic

What is a pandemic anyway? I mean, why did I never actually properly learn what that term meant? There have been pandemics in the past. Sure, I know that. But w…

The Big Picture

I think it’s important for junior developers to learn to see the bigger picture in projects. However, this can be hard for new developers, particularly those wi…

What Is Important To Developers?

What is important to you as a developer? Over time I've found that each developer has their own ideas of how to progress in their career, where they want to foc…

Can You Code A Design?

If you said "YES", how exciting! Well done, you :-) But wait... it's not always a bed of roses. If you've already developed a real web page from a design, maybe…

Build Yourself Up

What I've written here is meant for developers but I think it could work for anyone :) I feel like this post could be part of a series all about my experiences …

Scotland CSS | Scotland JS

This post is split into three parts. Click and choose! Diary of my time in Scotland Tips from speakers used in this blog post ✨ Why this conference is special …

Pair Programming

Firstly, what is pair programming? It’s two developers sitting together, usually at one computer, where one types code and the other checks the code. In essence…

New Camera

I got a new camera. It's really lovely. Why do people buy cameras though? Is it to take pictures of their friends, to sit there looking pretty but gathering dus…

Apart From Code

Yes, exactly!!!!— Amber Wilson (@ambrwlsn90) April 26, 2018 Apart from code, what makes a good developer? After a brilliant meeting with Richard, the…

JSUnconf

The first unconf I’ve ever been to just wrapped up and it’s been a really great experience. Not least because of the thoughtful, kind and funny people I was luc…

House Elves

I’ve been wanting to write about psychology for a while now. However, despite having quite a few years of formal education in it, I was unsure where to begin. M…

Nobody Said CSS Is Easy

Wait, some people have said this. But I'd like to politely voice the opinion that they are wrong. For almost two months, I have been working on a complex React …

Books

I am starting this post almost 4 months too late, but I want it here so I can be kept (at least a little) accountable for starting (and finishing!) as many book…

Unit Tests

This is a bit of a retrospective post, because the things I’m going to talk about happened on the last day of January. It was the day before my new job began, a…

Remembering Why

(Originally published on SuperYesMore) Your productivity is all about you. I don’t ever like to advocate for lists like “10 ways to boost your productivity toda…

What Am I Looking For?

Equally importantly - what are you looking for? What people want is important. And that’s never truer for web developers and for the people who employ them. Hel…

Public Speaking - I Did It

Originally published here: #upfront conversation with Amber Wilson A couple of months ago, I arrived in Iceland to do my first conference talk and I want to sha…

JPG? PNG? SVG?

There is a room that contains all there is to know about images. The door to it is locked. Most of us have casually peered through its keyhole or witnessed ligh…

3 Months Vegan

I watched the documentary “What the Earth” three months ago and became vegan the very next day – totally cold turkey – no meat, no milk, no cheese, no eggs, no …

Newbie Dev Tips

I coached a new codebar student on HTML tonight. As she and I made our websites on owls, many tips for new developers popped into my head - in the order you see…

What I Learned Today

Today I sat with Russell Ward, technical director at The Unit. We talked about how I can get involved in the development team as part of my internship. This qui…

URLs

Welcome to my learning process. Today I tried learning about URLs. 1: Sizzling Intro (Overconfidence) URLs are still a killer feature of the Web. This is what …

IndieWebCamp

My experience of IndieWebCamp Nürnberg (check out the GIF at the end!) was complemented by Beyond Tellerrand Düsseldorf and the Evaluating Technology workshop b…

Btconf Düsseldorf 2017

What can I say? My first conference experience. Many thanks to those who made it possible - especially Joschi Kuphal. It was such a whirlwind of knowl…

Mobile First

Today I realised I wasn't adhering to a new, up-and-coming idea called 'Mobile First'...maybe you've heard of it? Once I had written a correct media query to ad…

HTTPS Poem

A little poem about HTTPS.https://t.co/kTuK3Fr8Es— CSS-Tricks (@Real_CSS_Tricks) May 12, 2017 Sending info over the Web? If yes it pays to us…

Storytelling

Today I was lucky to attend a workshop on storytelling held by Matt. In two short hours, we did various thought exercises, shared our tips on telling good stori…

Preparing to Talk

If you went to #BrightonSEO and thought "Hey, it would be cool to speak on stage one day"... Read this! https://t.co/Xhdj2RI0w6 pic.twitter.com/8nayH2lBNs…

What I Learned Today

At Clearleft today, I ran through many new (and some familiar) things with Jeremy: We talked about Jeremy's upcoming event - Patterns Day (check out the site, …

Cookies

What is a cookie? If you have a sweet tooth like me you might imagine a round, freshly-baked treat containing chocolate chips: Conversely, internet cookies (a.…

UX Curriculum

Inspired by David Venturi's writing, this article includes a bit about me, something about fun, and my UX curriculum. Being new to User Experience Design, I fou…

GET vs. POST Requests

Amidst a learning spree on semantic HTML and the ways servers communicate with web browsers, I was introduced to 'GET' and 'POST' requests. These are HTTP (Hype…

Learning

Best thing you can do for your career is to be active outside your employer. Publish, speak, build. Repeat. Publish, speak, build. Repeat.— Rachel�…

Markup-Masterclass

Today I spent a great day at Clearleft, soaking in the lovely atmosphere, chatting with the wonderful staff. I sat down in the morning to talk with Jeremy about…

Mentorship

It was around October last year when I arrived at 68 Middle Street for a codebar session. It was the first time I had been in the building and I was immediately…